To make spaghetti using a chittara-style pasta cutter.
A chittara (guitar) pasta cutter uses a set of wires to cut the pasta in batches.
- Tighten the strings on the pasta cutter. Not too tight (more on this later).
- Make one serving of the Fresh Pasta for 2 dough.
- Roll the pasta to about 3mm this (#2 or #3 on the Kitchen Aid pasta roller
- Dust the pasta cutter with some flour.
- Place the flattened dough on top of the pasta cutter.
- Use a rolling pin to press the dough through the wires.
- You may need to use a spatula or your fingers to push the dough all the way through.
- Remove the pasta by turning the pasta cutter on its side.
- Repeat with the rest of the dough.
- Boil for 3 minutes in salted water.
- Serve with sauce.
Results and observations:
So this little contraption worked really well for spaghetti. It was really easy to use once you get the hang of it. I made Kenji’s basic meat sauce from The Food Lab cookbook.
Unfortunately, an attempt to replicate these results while hosting Stephanie’s parents was not successful. I loosened the strings for storage, and when I went to tighten them again for the second use, I found out that the wood was not strong enough to hold the tension beyond a certain point, i.e., I broke the pasta cutter. So be careful if you buy one of these cutters; they work well, but this particular model was pretty cheaply made.